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Sandpiper Pausing---Again

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Poet's Notes

Having posted a version of this back on 9/11/11, the recent Republican threat of filibuster for ANY gun control legislation stirred up my juices, making it difficult to forget the Connecticut tragedy, one that is plagued with a diseased, incompetent beaurocratic impotence, their behavior seemingly incapable of doing what’s “Right.” But, sorrow spells ratings, so the media fills their hours with opinionating the coulda-shoulda-woulda-won’t-crowd in Washington. Meanwhile, we wait for justice…at this point, any kind of justice.

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Sandpiper Pausing---Again

Sandpiper Pausing...Again

What times are these
where hearts run hot and cold
ceaseless conscience alerts
remind us of steel girders fallen prone
entombments sealed
their distant voice remembered well

Compassion's lens peers through
this fallen metropolis of micro-flesh
this glass transparency
engulfed by forsaken smoke
knowing today's ethereal
descends as heart's residue
embracing darkness recalled
clock hands stopping
media rushing to air-time
yet never to be out of date

Silence remembers
fused tragedies
crumbling worlds
bodies falling
hearts broken

learning comes hard

More violence breaks the silence
cacophonous pandemonium
empty shell casings bouncing
pop pop pop pop pop
children's pleas
teachers' bravery
first responder's sorrow
parents traumatized
grievance everywhere

Sterility reigns
Washington defers
barbarity's extended abyss
the next tragic moment to define
insensitive that irresponsible behavior
will spawn new memories
destined to awaken vanquished yesterdays

Like a video game of archaic gulosity
certain chameleon passions remain insatiable
indecisive apathy-driven appetites
fuel congressional obstruction

While at the shore

A sandpiper pauses
beneath remembered ash
echoed violence
unredeemable screams
floating atop societal trade winds
seeming to be never forgotten

Like other creatures of blood that flows
eyes that see
ears that hear
hearts remaining conscious
knows not cowardice

Even a bird understands that

And so...

Even as the sandpiper probes away
its discovered sustenance hard fought
its needs remaining small
congressional appetites of power and greed
continue sated only with constituency expectation
indulging in anticipated 2013's gluttonous reward
thinking the next tragedy but finger food
the next gun sales windfall a payback for re-election
answering the next challenge of moral impotency with...

Not a problem

Not a problem

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